Dennis M. Barnes | Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C. |
(313) 965-9725
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Dennis  M. Barnes


Alternative Dispute Resolution
Insurance Coverage
Professional Liability Defense
Class Actions
Bet The Company Litigation


University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D.

Hillsdale College, Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude


  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation
  • Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation
  • ALM, Top Rated Lawyer, Commercial Litigation
  • dBusiness Magazine, Metro Detroit's Top Lawyers
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent 5
  • Federal Court Advanced Technology Courtroom Certification
  • Buttons Invitational 2013 Green Coat Award
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Dennis M. Barnes
Tel: 313-596-9329
Fax: 313-965-2493
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Denny is one of the state's top commercial litigators and mediators, as well as a leader in the federal and state bar.

Denny's practice covers a wide range of commercial and business litigation. Denny has substantial experience in the litigation and trial of matters involving intellectual property disputes, insurance law, including both coverage disputes and the statutory obligations of insurers, professional liability claims, antitrust claims, and a wide variety of business torts. He has managed the defense of several class action lawsuits. 

In addition, he has become a go-to mediator, facilitator, and arbitrator sought out by lawyers, clients and judges around the state when they want to resolve controversies outside of court.


  • Past-President, State Bar of Michigan (2019-2020)
  • State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners (2010-2020)
  • State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners Executive Committee (2012-2020)
  • Past-President, Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan Chapter
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Federal Court Standing Committee on Civility
  • Federal Court 2009 Magistrate Reappointment Selection Panel
  • Shamrock Bar Association (Lawyers Affiliated with Detroit Catholic Central High School)
  • Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers
  • Detroit Catholic Central High School
    • School Board of Directors
    • Alumni Board of Directors
  • Notre Dame Club of Detroit
  • St. William Parish in Walled Lake
    • Finance Council
    • Stewardship Commission
    • Parish Council
    • Education Commission
    • Coach of St. William School Boy's Basketball, Football and Girl's Basketball Teams
  • Buttons Invitational Charity Golf Outing
    • Board of Directors
  • International Order of the Alhambra, Manresa Caravan (an organization dedicated to assisting developmentally disabled children)
    • Past Grand Commander
    • Pro Bono Legal Counsel for Alhambra Michigan Council of Caravans and St. Francis Camp on the Lake, a summer camp for mentally and physically handicapped children
  • MELL Program – Volunteer in a substance abuse education program in Detroit Public Schools


Annual Survey of Michigan Law Evidence, 34 Wayne Law Review 769 (1988)
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  • State Bar of Michigan
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan